Bike and Bus
Getting around the Bismarck and Mandan area is now easier than ever for bicyclists thanks to the Capital Area Transit (CAT) bus system. CAT offers riders the chance to take part in the Bike & Bus program! With the CAT Bike & Bus program you can take your bike on the bus. If the nearest CAT bus route is beyond walking distance, bike on over to it, load your bike and away you go! Bikers, please make sure you understand the rules for sharing the roads in Bismarck by visiting www.bismarck.org./sharetheroad. Download the bike trail maps for Bismarck and Mandan and plan your outdoor ride today!
It’s easy to use the CAT Bike & Bus rack:
- Bicycle racks are mounted on the front of each bus on the fixed route system
- The instructions are simple and printed right on the rack
- The rack holds up to two bicycles
- The rack allows for most bicycle wheel and frame sizes
- The bike doesn’t touch the other bike, the bus, or other vehicles
- There is no additional charge for your bicycle
Before using the Bike & Bus rack on CAT, a permit must be obtained from Capital Area Transit. A CAT team member will be on hand to help you become familiar with how the rack works. Permits are free. A signed consent form must be completed by a parent/guardian before a permit is issued to children under the age of 18.
Capital Area Transit (CAT) is not liable for damage to the bicycle, except in the event that CAT is found to be negligent or at fault in an accident. Bicycle theft, damage, personal injury loading or unloading a bike, acts by a third party, and all other incidents are solely the responsibility of the rider/cyclist and not CAT.
Loading Your Bike
• Have your bike ready to load. As you are waiting for the bus, remove water bottles and any other loose items.
• Always load your bike from the curb side. Pull down the folded rack. Load your bike in the inside position. If there is another bike on the rack load your bike in the open position. You are responsible for loading and securing your bike in the rack. Bus drivers are not allowed to load or unload bikes. (How to Photo 2)
• Lift the bike onto the rack: each position on the rack is labeled for front or rear wheel.
Unloading your Bike
• Tell the driver you will be unloading your bike before leaving the bus.
Photos by Sportworks Northwest, Inc.